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#101 12xu

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 05:04 PM

have a plan to have fraxel repair or mixto done, and knowing how long hyper pigmentation lasts will directly affect how long i need to consider being off from work; thank you so much for your reply about this, this has been extremely helpful, and congrats on the progress! :)



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:34 PM

I think 70% improvement in moderate scarring would be considered a resounding success.  Doctors often say that 50% would be the upper end of improvement, so this really is quite remarkable.  



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:46 AM

*Inspired*, your Jan 6 update was pretty bleak, but now it seems you're much happier with the results.  Did your deeper/wider scars improve over the months?  I had my laser treatment 3 weeks ago and it seems that my wider/deeper scars are almost unchanged.



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 07:56 PM

Hello Inspired,

 

It has been about slightly less than a year since your treatment; Could you describe the texture of your skin now? Is it normal-pliable, leathery or thin?

I'm sorry, but I do take special interest in how the skin behaves long after laser resurfacing.

 

Thank you



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 02:09 PM

Hey guys,

I am 5 weeks post my second Total FX procedure. I have attached current photos of my scars. As usual, I feel like my scars look worse at this point and I am dealing with hyperpigmentation. I am probably done with laser treatment at this point as I am not sure they can be improved much further.

I am going for a filler (Belotero) and light subcision next week to try and smooth out my remaining indents. Hope I don't end up with lumps. I have read Belotero is a thinner HA filler and as a result, it molds well at the surface and is less likely to have the side-effects of Juvederm or Restylane. Hoping that's true. If anyone has experience with it on shallow scars, please share.

Add-on: Sorry for the side ways photos. On a tablet and don't know why they're posting that way.
Thanks!

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 02:54 PM

Apologies for the delay in replying. i did not know there were any new comments on my thread until now.

have a plan to have fraxel repair or mixto done, and knowing how long hyper pigmentation lasts will directly affect how long i need to consider being off from work; thank you so much for your reply about this, this has been extremely helpful, and congrats on the progress! :)


Thank you. Good luck with treatment!

*Inspired*, your Jan 6 update was pretty bleak, but now it seems you're much happier with the results.  Did your deeper/wider scars improve over the months?  I had my laser treatment 3 weeks ago and it seems that my wider/deeper scars are almost unchanged.


I think the first couple months are always the most difficult because I always experience pigment issues. I wouldn't expect much improvement or change at 3 weeks. My deeper/wider scars have improved. They have shallowed and softened considerably. I am really happy with the improvement I have seen to the indents along my left cheekbone. It took a few months before I saw improvement to those scars. Good luck with healing. I hope you see great improvement as well.

Hello Inspired,
 
It has been about slightly less than a year since your treatment; Could you describe the texture of your skin now? Is it normal-pliable, leathery or thin?
I'm sorry, but I do take special interest in how the skin behaves long after laser resurfacing.
 
Thank you


I just had my second Total FX procedure done and this was my 3rd fractional co2 treatment since Feb 2012. As a result, I can't really comment on how my skin looks 1 year out. At 6 months, I can say my skin looked great.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 06:21 PM

I can't believe this is my first posting on your thread. Congrats on the great success. I never had the scabs you showed in your early posts. I had scabs after dermabrasion, but never after any of my laser work.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 03:46 PM

Hi please continue up dating your improvements, good luck with everything

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:49 PM

I can't believe this is my first posting on your thread. Congrats on the great success. I never had the scabs you showed in your early posts. I had scabs after dermabrasion, but never after any of my laser work.


Thanks, Dudley. I had always thought Repair caused scabs too but it might not. The scabs are actually caused by Active FX. I experienced scabs with my latest treatment too. Although he was much more aggressive this time with Active FX, my downtime was shorter and the pain was tolerable.

I was just feeling really down about my skin when I looked at my before images (see my gallery). I really have had incredible improvement. It is hard to believe the girl with the deep pits and boxcars all over her cheeks used to be me. I can't even believe how bad my skin used to look. I have to remember to focus on my progress. My skin is far from perfect and none of my pits have vanished, but they sure do look better! I will be forever grateful to my doctor, this forum and technology (specifically Total FX) for changing my life.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 03:39 AM

Again, that is the first time I saw your before pictures. You have experienced dramatic improvement. I wish I had some good before pictures of myself. I had more rolling scars than boxcar, and no icepick. Like you with TotalFX, Re:pair has changed my life. Are you planning future treatments?

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 09:33 PM

I can't believe this is my first posting on your thread. Congrats on the great success. I never had the scabs you showed in your early posts. I had scabs after dermabrasion, but never after any of my laser work.


Thanks, Dudley. I had always thought Repair caused scabs too but it might not. The scabs are actually caused by Active FX. I experienced scabs with my latest treatment too. Although he was much more aggressive this time with Active FX, my downtime was shorter and the pain was tolerable.

I was just feeling really down about my skin when I looked at my before images (see my gallery). I really have had incredible improvement. It is hard to believe the girl with the deep pits and boxcars all over her cheeks used to be me. I can't even believe how bad my skin used to look. I have to remember to focus on my progress. My skin is far from perfect and none of my pits have vanished, but they sure do look better! I will be forever grateful to my doctor, this forum and technology (specifically Total FX) for changing my life.

So great you can say that you've truly had a life-changing experience after your Total FX treatments. Hopefully, one day I'll be able to say the same after having laser treatments of my own. Congratulations! rolleyes.gif


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:29 PM

Hey guys, 

It's been a long time since I last updated. I've been incredibly busy with life. My improvement from my last laser procedure was subtle but there was improvement. I've attached some recent photos. I just took these with a 16.3 mega pixel camera. The quality is much clearer than my prior images. As you will see, I still have scars, but they're pretty much shallow now. I've decided to stop with laser treatment at this point, as i'm concerned about worsening the texture of my skin. With the hope of smoothing the texture of my skin, I will likely try dermastamp next. Having seen DC-girl's thread, I think I may be able to further improve my scars without risking unnecessary damage to epidermis by needling. 

 

Best of luck to everyone with your journey.

 

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Photos of where I started with my scar treatment can be seen in my gallery. I think I've had improvement but some might disagree. It's definitely more difficult to pick up my scars in pictures now, even with a higher quality digital camera. In some lighting, my shallow scarring is impossible to capture in a picture. It's also impossible for me to truly reflect the current texture of my skin in a picture, but I feel it looks worse in person. However, I'm 1000% happier today with how my skin looks. Just wish I could smooth the texture at this point. I have made peace with my ice picks that look like scarred pores at this point. I'm almost at the point of accepting my remaining indents as well. 

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:54 PM

You should be 1000% happier with the way your skin looks. I think your scarring has improved amazingly. So glad for you. smile.png


Edited by CherrySoda08, 07 March 2014 - 11:57 PM.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:37 AM

Thank you, CherrySoda! I hope I've had improvement, and am not just imaginig it. 

 

I just realized the forum now shrinks images but gallery upload still allows larger images. I reposted my current photos to my right and left cheek galleries.

 

Direct links to larger images of my left and right cheeks:
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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:56 AM

Thank you, CherrySoda! I hope I've had improvement, and am not just imaginig it. 

 

I just realized the forum now shrinks images but gallery upload still allows larger images. I reposted my current photos to my right and left cheek galleries.

 

Direct links to larger images of my left and right cheeks:
http://cdn.acne.org/...307_6259013.jpg

http://cdn.acne.org/...393_7423404.jpg

You are not just imagining it. Your improvement is very real!

It's great to see you back on the forums, btw,


Edited by CherrySoda08, 08 March 2014 - 01:10 AM.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 01:28 AM

Hey, I was wondering when this thread would get updated!

 

Nice improvement! Yeah, I can see why some would disagree, since your "before" pictures were of lower quality and wouldn't capture the scars well.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 05:41 AM

inspired hate to be a bit of doosh but look into tca cross for ice picks no laser helps ice picks



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:11 AM

Hey, I was wondering when this thread would get updated!

 

Nice improvement! Yeah, I can see why some would disagree, since your "before" pictures were of lower quality and wouldn't capture the scars well.

Hey,

 

Thanks for the comment. It's nice to know others see the improvement. 



inspired hate to be a bit of doosh but look into tca cross for ice picks no laser helps ice picks

 

Zavvi,

 

If you even bothered to look at my gallery, you would have clearly seen that I started with TCA Cross. TCA Cross not only made my scars deeper, it widened them and caused some to merge. The damage was extensive. I ended up with wider indents on my face, which laser has improved. Not only has laser improved my indents but it has improved my deep ice pick scars. 

 

Perhaps, you should read a little before giving someone advice because he/she may have already gone down that path. TCA Cross was the worst decision I could have ever made in my scar treatment journey, and I used an experienced doctor. It is not the solution for everyone and there are risks of further damage.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:13 AM

Hey, I was wondering when this thread would get updated!

 

Nice improvement! Yeah, I can see why some would disagree, since your "before" pictures were of lower quality and wouldn't capture the scars well.

Hey,

 

Thanks for the comment. It's nice to know others see the improvement. 



>inspired hate to be a bit of doosh but look into tca cross for ice picks no laser helps ice picks

 

Zavvi,

 

If you even bothered to look at my gallery, you would have clearly seen that I started with TCA Cross. TCA Cross not only made my scars deeper, it widened them and caused some to merge. The damage was extensive. I ended up with wider indents on my face, which laser has improved. Not only has laser improved my indents but it has improved my deep ice pick scars. 

 

Perhaps, you should read a little before giving someone advice because he/she may have already gone down that path. TCA Cross was the worst decision I could have ever made in my scar treatment journey, and I used an experienced doctor. It is not the solution for everyone and there are risks of further damage.

 

jheez no need to be so harsh just giving my opinion you would be the first i have met then that has permanent improvement with laser



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:22 AM

 

Hey, I was wondering when this thread would get updated!

 

Nice improvement! Yeah, I can see why some would disagree, since your "before" pictures were of lower quality and wouldn't capture the scars well.

Hey,

 

Thanks for the comment. It's nice to know others see the improvement. 



>>inspired hate to be a bit of doosh but look into tca cross for ice picks no laser helps ice

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Zavvi,

 

If you even bothered to look at my gallery, you would have clearly seen that I started with TCA Cross. TCA Cross not only made my scars deeper, it widened them and caused some to merge. The damage was extensive. I ended up with wider indents on my face, which laser has improved. Not only has laser improved my indents but it has improved my deep ice pick scars. 

 

Perhaps, you should read a little before giving someone advice because he/she may have already gone down that path. TCA Cross was the worst decision I could have ever made in my scar treatment journey, and I used an experienced doctor. It is not the solution for everyone and there are risks of further

damage.

jheez no need to be so harsh just giving my opinion you would be the first i have met then that has permanent improvement with laser

Sorry if that came out harsh. Your comment wasn't posted in a friendly tone either, and it was clearly obvious you didn't even look at my gallery before giving advice. I am happy with my improvement. Is my skin perfect? Not at all, but the improvement from laser is undeniable and it has changed my life. When I started out, I would have never risked laser either.

There are several examples on this forum of people who have had success with laser. Just like Cross didn't work for me, laser doesn't work for everyone. Don't knock it until you try it.


Edited by *Inspired*, 08 March 2014 - 06:24 AM.





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